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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 29, 2010 6:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

I feel that '81 was the Dead's best overall year in the '80s; they certainly opened up the jams compared to 1980. (Though I'd nod to fall '83 as having my favorite individual '80s shows.)

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Poster: billydlions Date: Oct 29, 2010 7:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

I didn't think you ventured in to the 80's LIA. 1981 has always been my favorite year of the Brent era and at one time was underrated. The lack of soundboards kept people from listening but now that more boards are available (or perhaps people realized the audience recording were very good) 1981 now gets its proper attention. I believe the high level of playing started in Aug 1980 and lasted through all of 1981. 1982 had its moments, especially the summer tour and as you mentioned fall of 1983 was well played with Jerry taking long solos on many songs. I see many of the early era guys have softened their tone on these shows. Next thing you know William Tell will be chiming in....

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 29, 2010 7:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

I do listen to lots of '80s shows actually, I just don't talk about them. The excitement isn't there for me. They're more for 'background' than something I'll intensively get into.
Anyway, 1980 does have some gems; mainly very tight & focused though - '81 is when they started to let in some sprawl & get more freewheeling again like they were in '79.
'82 seemed like a very consistent year to me, many very smooth shows but not so many knockouts.
Don't know why there was that little Dead renaissance in Sep/Oct '83, other than my own personal preference for the longer jams.